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Posts Tagged ‘2012 presidential election’

CBS Sunday Morning‘s Mo Rocca: ‘The Electoral College has totally outlived its usefulness’

The final results of the popular vote aren’t in yet, although Obama’s chances are looking pretty good. Nate Silver says he’s ‘likely’ to win, so we’ll take his word for it. But for a while, things were looking up for Romney and Donald Trump was ranting away, bringing up the inevitable Electoral College vote debate.

Before Tuesday’s election, Mo Rocca, correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and star of the PBS documentary Electoral Dysfunction, spoke to Mediabistro for its So What Do You Do? column and pondered what would happen if Romney won the popular vote: “When that happens, the Electoral College won’t just be suspended; it will blow up in a fiery ball. Republicans are not going to stand for it, and Democrats already got burned. So, finally, there will be unity in this country and people will say we’ve got to junk this thing. The Electoral College has totally outlived its usefulness.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Mo Rocca, CBS Correspondent and Cooking Channel Host?

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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Presidential Style Is Not the Business of Politics

If there’s one thing MSNBC host and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry dislikes most about this election, it’s all the talk about the candidates’ style. With headlines like “Mitt Romney Narrows Gaps On Likability And Appearing Presidential,” it’s no wonder the outspoken academic thinks it’s a distraction.

“Whether or not President Obama is cool or whether Mitt Romney is likable, I really do not care,” she told Mediabistro. “I assume that Mitt Romney’s wife loves him and Barack Obama’s wife loves him, and they both can probably tell a funny joke when they want to. I mean, really, who cares about style? Some of our greatest presidents have been absolute dorks, and some of our most horrible presidents have been affable, lovely, engaging human beings. That’s not the business of politics.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC Host and Tulane University Professor?